청자 음각 연꽃 무늬 매병 고려
靑磁陰刻蓮花文梅甁 高麗 Maebyeong with lotus decoration
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
late 11th–early 12th century
Stoneware with carved and incised design under celadon glaze
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); Diam. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1927
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
Delicately carved lotus designs—including a full blossom and its large, flowerlike leaf, as well as stylized petals at the base—grace the surface of this bottle. The effect of the decoration is subtle under the translucent celadon glaze.
Literally meaning “plum bottle,” maebyeong is a shape inspired by contemporaneous and earlier Chinese vessels. Korean celadon maebyeong developed fuller forms: broad shoulders as in this example or curvilinear contours.